Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to see a screening of the season 8 premiere and very anticipated episode of Supernatural, “We Need To Talk About Kevin” (Side note: If you haven’t seen it yet, you should watch the fantastic movie of the same name). Following the screening, executive producers Jeremy Carver and Robert Singer took some time to answer a few questions from reporters in attendance about the premiere episode and this new season of Supernatural in general.
Here are some of the highlights/teases of what’s coming in the premiere as well as what was talked about with the executive producers. Some of these have already been mentioned a bit in Michelle‘s Season 8 Spoiler scrapbook, but there is plenty more to talk about. Please be aware there will be some spoilers, so stop reading if you don’t want to know anything.
So let’s talk about this season 8 premiere of Supernatural!
Dean Has a New “Brother”
As you know, Dean was sent to purgatory at the end of last season along with Cas. When the series returns, a year has passed and Dean is out. We’re not exactly sure how yet, but we will be finding out more about that through flashbacks, which I will talk about more below.
For now, all we know is that he’s out and he has a new “brother” figure in his life in the form of a new vampire character, Benny (Ty Olsson) whom he met in purgatory.
Carver and Singer explained that Benny would play a very important part in his “physical presence and psychological presence.” The added that the “idea of Benny weighs heavily on Dean.” Carver continued to say that Benny is a really complex character and an “interesting wrinkle in the brothers relationship.”
There is a bond between Dean and Benny that is made very clear in the first episode. I’m sure you are asking, how can Dean trust a vampire? Well, let’s just say that their relationship will be explored throughout the season via flashbacks.
All I can say about Benny is that it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with him and I want to know more about him. He really is quite an intriguing character and I’m looking forward to seeing more of his relationship with Dean.
As for Dean readjusting to life outside purgatory, Carver shared that we’d definitely see more of it but that it wouldn’t be overwhelming.
Sam Didn’t Look For Dean and Has A New Woman in His Life…
You might have heard that there is a new woman in Sam’s life. Well, her name is Amelia and she’s a veterinarian. We find out in the first episode how Sam met her through a flashback which involves a dog that in time will become known as Riot. But that’s all I can say at this point.
The other big piece of information we find out this new season, is that Sam didn’t look for Dean the entire year, and that’s just part of it.
One of the questions asked of course was, why wouldn’t Sam look for Dean? What’s different this time? Well, Carver explained that it was the first time that Sam was truly alone. Dean was gone. Cas was gone. Bobby was gone. Kevin was gone. He had no one and he didn’t really know what he wanted to do until an event happened that put him on a new path. Carver added, “He got a taste of something he never got before. He doesn’t expect Dean to understand.”
Don’t worry though, this little fact doesn’t go unnoticed and Dean will give Sam a hard time about it. However, Carver teased that as we go through the season, the brothers will start finding out more about what each of them did during that year and “tables might turn in terms of who has to answer for what.”
I keep mentioning flashbacks and that’s because this season will use them quite a lot at least in the first 13 episodes to tell Sam and Dean’s stories of the year that just past.
The reason for using them, Carver explained was because it allowed the writers to tell different stories, without having to pause the momentum of the current story.
This season we get to see purgatory. Carver and Singer shared that even though they know they will never be able to show purgatory (or hell) as good as in people’s imagination, they decided to go for it this season.
You will noticed that purgatory has a lack of color, high contrast and a desaturated look, which provides a big contrast to Sam’s flashbacks which look a bit more dreamy.
I must warn you Castiel fans, there is no sign of the Angel in the premiere, however he is mentioned and Carver promised that they will be telling the story of purgatory steadily through the first 7-8 episodes, so by episode 7-8 “you’ll start to get a really good understanding of what happened to Castiel.”
Let’s Talk About Kevin
For you lovers of Kevin the prophet, he will be back and we’ll be seeing lots more of him this season. Carver also shared that we would find out how Kevin feels about being a prophet and we’ll even see how his desire to do the job will rub off on the boys. We’ll also find out more about what powers he has as a prophet.
I personally cannot wait. Kevin has some fantastic and witty moments in the premiere episode, and I hope we see more of it.
When asked about Bobby, Carver and Singer wouldn’t give a definite answer. So your guess is as good as mine.
New and Old Characters
I already mentioned a couple new characters above, Benny and Emilia, but we’ll also meet some new angels, including one played by Amanda Tapping (as previously reported) named Naomi.
In terms of old characters, Garth (DJ Qualls) will be back working a case with the boys.
There will be some “fun episodes” this season once again, including a found footage one. Carver and Singer described the episode as “unlike any episode the show has done before.” In 95% of the episode, we’ll be living in the found footage and the boys will be in it unknowingly. In terms of feel, think Paranormal Activity or The Blair Witch Project.
Another episode will be dealing with “what happens when you find yourself living in a cartoon universe.” Carver explained that it would not be animated, but that “it deals with cartoon physics in the real world.” As a lover of cartoon, I can’t wait to see that one.
And yet another episode will deal with the LARPing (live action role-playing) universe.
New Season, New Title Card
There’s a new title card this season of course. Because it always reflects the boys’ quest of the season, this time the title card will evoke the tablets and hieroglyphics from the word of God. It looks very pretty.
Lookout for episode 5
Carver said that his favorite episode coming up is episode 5, “Blood Brother” because it is a “very meaty and emotional episode. Somewhat of a turning point for the boys.”
So I know what I’m doing on October 31st. Screw Halloween!
And that’s about all I can share for now, hope you enjoyed are ready for season 8 of Supernatural!
I will have a few additional points to share once you have seen the episode, so make sure to check back TV Equals tonight after the episode airs for some more info.
In the meantime, don’t forget to tune in tonight at 9pm for a brand new episode of Supernatural on The CW.
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